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43701-01 - Seminar: Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability 3 CP

Semester spring semester 2020
Course frequency Every spring sem.
Lecturers Jasmin Godemann (, Assessor)
Content The seminar is offered within the scope of the trans-faculty program "Sustainable
Development (TQ NE)". The program consists of 3 introductory lectures with practical courses
(lecture A + B, offered in fall semesters; lecture C offered in spring semesters) dedicated to
conveying the foundations of sustainable development. This additional integrative seminar (= course D)
engages with interdisciplinary work.
With a broad understanding of food being not just physiological necessity but rather a 'social total phenomenon' interrelated with all aspects of life this seminar will propose, consider and analyze the different relationships between communication and food and how these relationships negotiate our identities, cultures and environments. We discuss the concepts of inter- and transdisciplinarity which offer a lens through which to view sustainable food culture and its complexity. We understand how mediated communication about food shape and reflect our food culture and we analyze the role of visual communication in relation to sustainable food.
A range of classroom exercises will provide hands-on experience in developing strategies and approaches in dealing with complexity and sustainable food communication.

Learning objectives - Understand the symbolic importance of food in the communicative practices of our society.
- Awareness of the complexity of the relationships between food and sustainability and be familiar with the research principles inter- and transdisciplinary.
Bibliography Tba
Comments Please note entry requirements and mandatory course application procedure (additional to registration on MOnA).

Schedule for spring semester 20 has been modified: NEW dates:
calendar week 36: 31.8., 1.9., 2.9., 3.9., 4.9.: 09-13h;
final presentations: 10.09.20: 09-13h.

Extra certificate
Upon completion of the entire program (Transfaculty Cross Section Program Sustainable Development) and the enrolled degree program at the University of Basel students may order an additional certificate. For this purpose students send an email to, attach their official final degree transcript (= list of all attended courses) and put their address. The certificate will be sent by postage.

This course is offered by the trans-faculty program "Sustainable Development" (TQ NE) & MSD. Prof. Dr. Jasmin Godemann holds a teaching assignment.


Admission requirements SPECIAL entry requirements and course application procedure (additional to MONA, for details see "Anmeldung" or "registration") for students, not studying the MSD or IJDSD:
You have successfully passed two of the following lectures:
- LV A: 41828: Perspectives of Natural Sciences on Sustainable Developemt (in fall 2019 or earlier);
- LV B: 41829: Perspectives of Social Sciences on Sustainable Developemt (in fall 2019 or earlier);
- and/or LV C: 43700: Perspectives of Economics on Sustainable Developemt (in spring 2019 or earlier).

Special online course inscription requested. For details see "course application".
Course application Mandatory course inscription for ALL (additional to registration on MOnA): Link open from
15.01.20/noon - 05.02.20/midnight:
(Login on top row right hand side of ADAM website; list of forms available when link is open)

In case of vacancies the online inscription link remains open until the first day of teaching
+ 2 days.

NOTE: Course registration via MOnA remains mandatory for all participants.
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media Online course


Interval irregular
Date 01.02.2020 – 31.07.2020
Time See details

Block seminar: NEW dates: 31.8., 1.9., 2.9., 3.9., 4.9.: 09-13h; final presentations will be on 10.09.20: 09-13h.

No dates available. Please contact the lecturer.

Modules Grundkurse (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
Modul Kompetenzen für interdisziplinäre Nachhaltigkeitsforschung (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development (Start of studies before 01.08.2017))
Module: Resources and Sustainability (Master's degree program Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Assessment format continuous assessment
Assessment details Regular attendance and active participation in classes. As assessment, students will develop an approach to communicate issues on sustainable food culture and do oral presentation in classroom.
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg./dereg.: course registr./cancel registr. via MOnA
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale 1-6 0,1
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty University of Basel
Offered by Departement Umweltwissenschaften